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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop the professional knowledge and leadership skills needed for advanced level practice in nursing.
  • Study at a university ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn when it suits you with our part-time and full-time study options.
  • Choose from a range of course units to suit your own interests within nursing.
  • We also offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). See the nursing, midwifery and social work CPD page for further information.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £1,200 per 15 credits (£2,400 Dissertation) 
  • International students (per annum): £2,700 per 15 credits (£5,400 Dissertation)

Standalone units for CPD

  • UK/EU students: £1,200 per 15-credit unit (£2,400 dissertation)
  • International students: £2,700 per 15-credit unit (£5,400 dissertation)

The fees will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.


Alumni Bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component;
  • TOEFL: 600 paper-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0);
  • GCSE English Grade C.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

If you are self-funded or organisation-funded, please complete our application form (Word, 133 KB).

International applicants must apply online .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

To achieve the aims and individual clinical unit outcomes for this MSc, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery.

When completing your application, please include the following in the 'Further Information' section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Portfolio requirements

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification.

If you don't have a first degree, you will be required to undertake a stand-alone level 7 unit.

Teaching and learning

The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.

We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the e-learning platform.

Coursework and assessment

You can undertake standalone units as short courses for professional development purposes only, or build up a selection of optional and compulsory course units to complete a PGCert or PGDip academic award and, on completion of a dissertation unit, an MSc.

The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning by completing a piece of work from a range of options:

  • research grant proposal;
  • full or adapted systematic review;
  • report-based dissertation including:
  • public health report/health needs assessment;
  • service development/organisational change audit;
  • evaluation of service delivery/policy.

Course unit details

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits)

You will initially develop your specialist knowledge and clinical practice relating to nursing, particularly in relation to leadership and management.

45 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.

15 credits will comprise one core unit on Developing Practice and Managing Change.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)

You will further explore and develop advanced clinical practice in nursing by selecting further optional units from the portfolio of units available.

30 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.

30 credits comprising two compulsory course units - Research Design and Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis - will also be taken.

Master of Science (MSc) (180 credits)

After successfully completing the 120 credits for the PGDip, you may be eligible to undertake a dissertation from a range of options:

  • research grant proposal;
  • full or adapted systematic review;
  • report-based dissertation.

CPD opportunities

You can take individual units from this course as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). See the nursing, midwifery and social work CPD page for further information.

Career opportunities

Our course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level practitioners, and each unit will draw from, and build on, your own professional experience.

This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to nursing and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.

Accrediting organisations

The General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have has also validated the Independent Prescribing unit, which is also available as a standalone short course .

Visit the MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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